Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple Today launches with in-store classes →

Apple Today launches.

Apple Today has launched, spearheaded by Angela Ahrendts, SVP Retail. It’s Apple’s new initiative to bring you into their stores. Classes include photo walks, drawing with iPad Pro, making movies, coding, and more. Apple has always hosted classes at its store, but this program is more encompassing. Visit the link above to find classes happening at an Apple store near you.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apple updates Operating Systems for multiple devices

Apple has released the following operating system updates today. With exception to the Mac, these are minor fixes. Apple is expected to announce iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 next month at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). These typically are the big updates that drop in the September/October timeframe.

I always update right away to make sure I’m running the latest and greatest versions, but you’ll be okay waiting on updating to these new versions until you have some extra time.

  • iPhone/iPad: iOS 10.3.2
    • Minor fixes.
  • Mac: macOS Sierra 10.12.5
    • Fixes an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones
    • Enhances compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates
    • Adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp
  • Apple Watch: watchOS 3.2.2
    • Minor fixes.
  • Apple TV (latest): tvOS 10.2.1
    • Minor fixes.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Apple publishes how-to videos for shooting on iPhone →

Apple has published 16 video guides on shooting pictures and video on iPhone. Some of the sixteen guides were posted on YouTube, with the rest on a dedicated Apple page. With the exception of Portrait Mode only being available on iPhone 7 Plus, a majority of these tips can benefit any iPhone user. Videos include topics from shooting a great selfie, to capturing a unique angle. I’m glad to see Apple doing more of this kind of thing, as interactions with the iPhone’s interface become a little less obvious over time with new mechanisms like 3D Touch.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Report: 'No Delay' for launch of iPhone 7s and 8 →

Steve Shen for DigiTimes this morning:

There will be no delay for the launch of the next generation iPhone devices, with the new devices to be unveiled in September, and Apple will begin selling the products in October, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

This report runs contrary to recent claims of this year’s iPhones being delayed by longtime analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. These rumors are very predictable with most Apple’s new product launches. Apple has yet to miss a predicted launch of a new iPhone (with exception to the white iPhone 4, which missed its debut by about a year), so this is par for the course.

However, given Apple’s recent extreme stock shortages with launching new products (Apple Watch, AirPods, iPhone 7), my money says you probably won’t be able to pick up an iPhone 7s/8 right away.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

iPhone 8 Rumors: screen, Touch ID, and Augmented Reality

It’s iPhone rumor season, and leaks have been coming out of the woodwork the past couple weeks. Apple is highly thought to be releasing two iPhone models this year–an iPhone 7S, with modest upgrades from the iPhone 7, and a special iPhone 8 to commemorate the iPhone’s 10th year anniversary.

Aside from an upgraded processor (A11), more memory, and better battery life, here’s a breakdown of a few more exciting features the current leaks are pointing to for the iPhone 8.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Apple Music needs a force-upload option (or equivalent)

Most people don’t have 40,000+ MP3s anymore, unless you’re my Dad. You see, my Dad is a music enthusiast, and ex-party DJ, so he has amassed quite the collection of music over the years. This collection includes rarities, alternate versions, region-specific masterings of albums, you name it. This presents some challenges when he uses Apple Music. To understand the issue here, let me first break down the three distinct services involved…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Rumored Siri Speaker

I think we will see a “Siri Speaker” soon enough. The latest rumors indicate an announcement at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month. Weather, stocks, movie times, etc. are table stakes. Here’s what I believe Apple needs to do in order for the Siri speaker to be more than a novelty.

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